Oliver Thorley debuts for Gloucester in Rugby’s LV=Cup
Having been selected for Gloucester Rugby's First Team on Thursday, Oliver Thorley (L6, BH) played at centre in the LV=Cup against Northampton Saints on Saturday.
Aged just 17 years and 59 days, less than half the age of World Cup winner Mike Tindall who lined up alongside him, Ollie is the youngest player by 71 days to debut for Gloucester in the professional era overtaking Billy Burns, who made his first appearance in February last year.
Ollie, who has excelled in sport throughout his school career, joined Cheltenham College Junior School (now The Prep) in Reception just before the age of 5 and went on to become a Sports Scholar at the age of 11. He was selected for the England Under 18 squad earlier this year and has trained with the England U18 Performance Camp this term. He played for the England U18s in a match against Northampton Saints Academy last weekend where the England U18s triumphed 27-19.
Nigel Davies, Director of Rugby at Gloucester Rugby told This is Gloucester over the weekend, “Ollie is an exceptional talent – he is very young and has only just turned 17 – but he is very mature for his age. He is a quality player and has a big future ahead of him. We don't want to get ahead of ourselves but, the fact that we're involving him in the match day squad, speaks volumes about what his potential is."
Tom Richardson, Head of Rugby at Cheltenham College added, “We are tremendously proud of Ollie. Although the match was won by Northampton, Ollie had an excellent game and clearly deserved his place on the pitch alongside a number of big names in the professional game”
We look forward to following Ollie's progress playing both for Gloucester and England.
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